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ISBN13: 9780142429105
ISBN10: 0142429104
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Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours

Read by the author.

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do:

• have a playdate

• be in a school play

• complain about not being in a school play

• not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama

• play any instrument other than the piano or violin

• not play the piano or violin

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin.

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene:

"According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing:

1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse.

2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality.

3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices-the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons-the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting- and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

Review:

"Considering the polarizing controversy her book has engendered, Chua comes across as surprisingly likable and engaging in her audiobook. Her narration and the text make it clear that while she vaunts her strict, 'Chinese parenting,' she is aware how and when she went too far. Her voice toggles between firm and self-righteous (this is her 'earlier self' talking) and self-deprecation: she pokes fun at her extremism, muttering grumpily, 'I didn't see what was so funny!' when her husband laughs at her insistence that he have big ambitions for not only their daughters but also the family dog. Chua's voice softens with doubt and questioning as she wonders how her daughters will look back at their childhoods, and she acknowledges that it's still a struggle for her to relinquish control. A thought-provoking and engaging listen. A Penguin Press hardcover. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours

Read by TBA

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

About the Author

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

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chocolateandcroissants, January 25, 2011 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
Chua is a Chinese American law professor at Yale married to a fellow Jewish law professor with two daughters. Chua strongly believes that Westerners have a different approach to child rearing than the Chinese. For some reason unfathomable to me she decided to write a book about her daughters and the approach she took to raising them. The list of what she allowed her daughters to do is shorter than the list of what she did not allow them to do. No sleepovers, no sports, extra curricular activities, playdates etc. From a tender age and I am talking three years old-she had her daughters learning classical music. One daughter took up the piano while the other daughter played the violin.

Her approach to child rearing was akin to being a dictator. Childhood for her children was all about perfection and practicing their instruments, thrown in with achieving straight A's.

Chua only accepted perfection from her children. On one occasion when it appeared that her children made her a birthday card at the last minute, she berated them and told them that she would not accept them.

Not to spoil any more of these delightful tales of her daughter's childhood my one big question is why did she write the book? As a fellow attorney I can assure you that our private lives reflect on our professional lives. One can be disciplined professionally for actions in your private life. Not that this really makes a difference but why would you ever write this book? I have to question if Chua has some issues herself needing some sort of strange accolades or attention?

But that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Memoirs, especially Asian memoirs are one of my favorite genres. This was an interesting look into the lives of others. Do I agree with her technique. No. All I could think of is thank goodness she is not my mother.

But I was also born to migrant parents. As a child I was not allowed sleepovers, watching cartoons on Saturday morning or to play sports. Yes, I was made to suffer hours of piano lessons and practice. No I did not perform at Carnegie Hall. For me, some of these concepts were foreign to my mum and I think that she gave me piano lessons because she never had them.

I like a book that makes you think. Throughout the book I kept on wondering what was Chua's motivation with her daughters? I am not a psychologist so I cannot answer that question. What I can tell you is, a book should make you think and ask questions. Chua achieved that with this book. Maybe a little too much as everyone seems to now have an opinion.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142429105
Publisher:
Penguin Audiobooks
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Author:
Chua, Amy
Subject:
Biography-Parental Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.8 x 5.26 x 0.79 in 0.36 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Biography » General
Biography » Women

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Considering the polarizing controversy her book has engendered, Chua comes across as surprisingly likable and engaging in her audiobook. Her narration and the text make it clear that while she vaunts her strict, 'Chinese parenting,' she is aware how and when she went too far. Her voice toggles between firm and self-righteous (this is her 'earlier self' talking) and self-deprecation: she pokes fun at her extremism, muttering grumpily, 'I didn't see what was so funny!' when her husband laughs at her insistence that he have big ambitions for not only their daughters but also the family dog. Chua's voice softens with doubt and questioning as she wonders how her daughters will look back at their childhoods, and she acknowledges that it's still a struggle for her to relinquish control. A thought-provoking and engaging listen. A Penguin Press hardcover. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours

Read by TBA

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

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